The Essex County Freeholders just voted to approve a five year contract with ICE that would expand an inhumane system that breaks apart families and is wasteful of tax dollars. Many organizations have expressed concerns that the Essex County Correctional Facility has been restricting or barring visits from family, lawyers, clergy, and other humanitarian groups and concerns about adequate food, general safety and exposure to hazardous environmental conditions from the numerous super fund within close proximity of the facility and proposed outdoor recreation area persist.
We the undersigned oppose the proposed expansion of immigration detention in Essex County. Many of those ensnared in the indiscriminate immigration enforcement dragnet which automatically leads to detention are long-term residents, green card holders, U.S. citizens, business owners, college graduates and veterans. We have grave concerns about the conditions under which they are being held.